A chocolate chip cookie baking project and sale, sponsored by a new math class offered through Harker’s Summer Institute, raised $283.53 for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
“Lots of math was used to calculate how many cookies we could bake within our limited class time and oven constraints. In addition, the students had to determine the shopping list and recalculate a recipe based on that,” reported Eileen Schick, who taught the three-week summer school course called “The Eagle Project: Math!”
In addition to hosting the bake sale, the students also learned to use linear and nonlinear computer graphing techniques, as well as how to use online software to make three-dimensional castles. The castles were then printed using a 3D printer, and the students calculated their volume and surface areas.
The class comprised mostly incoming grade 6 honors math students, with a few grade 7 students and two advanced fifth graders, Schick said.